HomeCollège Boréal launches Mining Potential, a new program to help the industry address labour shortages in Northern Ontario

Collège Boréal launches Mining Potential, a new program to help the industry address labour shortages in Northern Ontario

10 February 2022
Aimed at training women, youth and newcomers, Mining Potential is a 14-week work readiness skills training program that includes a 165-hour interactive instructor-led theory component as well as 120 hours of enrichment activities. The program will be offered at the Sudbury and Timmins campuses starting February 16, 2022.

Focus on women, youth and newcomers

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR), a non-profit, independent organization, developed the Mining Potential program to address the industry’s labour market challenges by helping to prepare underrepresented groups for employment in the sector. It aims to engage and empower women, youth and newcomers by exposing them to the mining sector through learning experiences, making them ready to enter the work force. This customized training is part of Collège Boréal’s long tradition of offering condensed, targeted programs designed to meet the current needs of employers.

Safety first

Students of this program will learn the essential skills they need to enter the mining industry with a focus on safety, thanks to hands-on activities and experience-based guidance by industry experts. The curriculum was created to provide case studies, documents and standards validated by the industry. Upon completion, graduates will obtain a certificate of achievement from MiHR and Collège Boréal, as well as Collège Boréal certificates such as WHMIS, CPR, Working at Heights and Service Type Common Core.

A program backed by the industry

The labour shortage in Canada’s minerals and metals sector is a well-known problem that affects Northern Ontario in particular. In an effort to further stimulate student enrollment in the Mining Potential program, companies such as Newmont Corporation, Huron Mining and Lake Shore Gold have partnered with Collège Boréal to make this $250 per student program even more affordable and complete. Newmont Corporation has signed on as a sponsorship partner, covering program fees for 10 students while Huron Mining is providing a third-party common core training, basic underground hard rock mine service-type common core.  Lake Shore Gold will be offering site visits and opportunities for students to hear guest speakers.

The workforce requires more workers in the skilled trades. I am thrilled that Collège Boréal’s mining industry training expertise will help fill this shortage. On a personal note, I take pride in knowing that this affordable and accessible program aims to help women, youth and newcomers enter the mining industry, a profitable and solid sector that is thriving in Northern Ontario.
Newmont Porcupine is pleased to support the Mining Potential Program that is being launched through Collège Boréal and MiHR this month, supporting women, youth and newcomers in exploring the mining field. We rely on our qualified workforce to sustain the viability of our mines and it is crucial to have these types of programs to promote the various careers this sector can offer. We are a proud partner of Collège Boréal’s, as they are helping train tomorrow’s workforce.

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